Las Vegas (March 4, 2017)—Inspirada FC Elite, the Las Vegas–based competitive youth soccer program that has achieved significant success on the field since it launched two years ago, is making another move— this time aligning with the renowned San Diego–based Albion SC with an aim to elevate the youth soccer experience in Las Vegas.
As Albion SC–Las Vegas, the club will connect its players with an elite, nationally recognized organization and provide the structure of a proven operational platform and curriculum, as well as immediate access to the resources, programming and recognition that Albion SC has established in San Diego over the past 20 years.
“For Albion SC, this association allows us to expand our brand into the Las Vegas soccer community and help improve upon what Inspirada FC has accomplished in just a few years,” said Noah Gins, executive director of Albion SC and former UNLV Men’s Soccer player. “With Inspirada, we have a great partner who shares our commitment to the development of both players and coaches. Together we intend to improve the soccer opportunities for kids in Las Vegas and throughout Southern Nevada.”
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Emphasizing a commitment to development, advancement and placement, Albion SC offers an established curriculum for youth players and an accredited U.S. Developmental Academy program that allows players to advance beyond the youth level to college opportunities and potentially on to the professional ranks.
In addition, as the no. 1 club of Puma, Albion SC maintains a key partnership with Arsenal FC of the English Premier League, which provides access to the club’s players, coaches and training—and most significantly, sends talented Albion SC players to train in London. Now with the establishment of Albion SC–Las Vegas, the chance to train internationally will be available to talented players in Las Vegas.
According to Etienne Barbara, Director of Coaching and Technical Trainer for Albion SC–Las Vegas, the opportunity to bring the national powerhouse experience of Southern California soccer to Las Vegas players marks a key turning point for local club soccer.
“Albion SC, under the leadership of Noah Gins, has built the best soccer curriculum and programming, along with the best youth club culture that I’ve seen in America,” said Barbara. “This structure allows us to continue expanding our Las Vegas club in the best soccer traditions, creating a great experience for our kids and their families, as well as a home for the best coaches.”
Top Quality Coaching: Amanda Schmutz Joins Albion SC–Las Vegas
In order to meet its objectives, Albion SC–Las Vegas will provide a quality coaching environment that will attract the best coaches in the region.
Its first move is the addition of Amanda Schmutz as Director of Coaching and College Placement. With a solid reputation and proven track record for placement—she continuously places all of her players in collegiate and university teams, including Big 10, PAC 12, SEC and Ivy League programs—Schmutz has been one of just a handful of female ECNL head coaches and is considered one of the top-ranking coaches in the country. She joins Albion SC–Las Vegas after nearly eight years with Heat FC, where she served as the Director of Coaching for U14-U18 girls and the ECNL membership Co-Director. Schmutz will create the club’s college placement platform and work with the Albion SC curriculum set forth by Albion’s U.S. Developmental Academy Program. She maintains a USSF “A” coaching license.
Schmutz joins her expertise with that of Etienne Barbara, who has in less than two years as Director of Coaching for Inspirada FC established a reputation as one of the best technical trainers in Southern Nevada. His ’06 girls team won the elite Mayors Cup Tournament and is currently ranked no. 1 in Nevada and no. 9 regionally. A native of Malta and former member of the Malta National Team, Barbara made 32 appearances for his country, including at the 2006 FIFA World Cup qualifier. He joined the Carolina RailHawks in 2010 and was named NASL MVP in his first year, after scoring a league high of 20 goals and eight assists. Barbara maintains a “B” coaching license from the U.S. Soccer Federation.